Will AT&T go head-to-head with T-Mobile for Verizon spectrum?

9 Dec 2013

AT&T Mobility is considering buying Verizon Wireless’ lower 700MHz A block spectrum, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. If the article proves accurate, it could result in a bidding war between AT&T and T-Mobile US, after the latter’s interest in the airwaves was revealed last month. Thus far, none of the parties involved have confirmed their official positions regarding the spectrum, although T-Mobile remains the likeliest candidate to strike a deal with Verizon, given AT&T’s prior purchase of 700MHz B block spectrum from Verizon (see below).

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in September this year AT&T completed its acquisition of wireless spectrum in the lower 700MHz B block from Verizon. The licences involved cover 42 million people in 18 states, namely: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

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